Currency

Indian rupees (₹)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than ₹2500

  • Budget hotel/dorm room: ₹400–800
  • Thali meals: ₹100–200
  • Entry to big sights: ₹300-600
  • Ticket on Delhi Metro: ₹10–60

Midrange: ₹2500–10,000

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: ₹2000–5000
  • Meals in a midrange restaurant: ₹500–1000
  • Admission to sights: ₹300–600
  • Short taxi trip: ₹100–250

Top end: More than ₹10,000

  • Luxury hotel room: from ₹10,000
  • Meal in a top-end restaurant: from ₹2000
  • Hiring a car and driver for a day tour: from ₹2000
  • Massage at a Delhi spa: from ₹4000

Bargaining

Bargaining is a way of life in many contexts in India, including at markets and most shops. Keep things in perspective: haggle hard but not without a sense of humour. There are also plenty of more upmarket shops and government emporiums where haggling is inappropriate, as prices are fixed. You'll usually have to agree to a price before hiring a taxi or autorickshaw, or a car and driver for longer trips.

Money

ATMs are everywhere. Cards are accepted at many hotels, shops and restaurants. With a local SIM, foreigners can use the popular mobile payment app PayTM.

Changing Money

There's no need to use money changers in Delhi, but you'll find them around the city, concentrated in tourist hotspots like Connaught Place and Paharganj's Main Bazaar, as well as at the airport. Banks also change money.

Tipping

  • Restaurants A service fee is often added to your bill at restaurants and hotels. Elsewhere a tip is appreciated; 10% should do.
  • Hotels If you're staying in high-end hotels, bellboys and the like will expect tips.
  • Transport Train or airport porters will expect tips, but not taxi or auto drivers. Tipping cycle-rickshaw riders is good form given the job they do. If you hire a car with driver, tip for good service.

Baksheesh

Sometimes loosely defined as a ‘tip’; baksheesh covers everything from alms for beggars to bribes.

Bartering

Except in fixed-price shops (such as government emporiums and fair-trade cooperatives), bargaining is the norm. Remember to keep a sense of perspective, though, and always barter in good humour.

Begging

Some people argue that giving money to beggars only exacerbates the problem by encouraging more begging. To make a lasting difference, consider donating to a reputable charitable organisation.